Fraternity suspended after students force puppy to drink beer
A US fraternity has been suspended after video footage emerged showing students forcing a puppy to drink beer from a keg.
Footage on Snapchat from the Alpha Epsilon Pi fraternity at Hofstra University in Long Island, reportedly filmed last Saturday, showed a 10-month-old Cavalier King Charles Spaniel being held and forced to drink from the keg during a party, while at least two voices can be heard saying, "Let's go!"
The dog is suspected to belong to a member of the fraternity who's also a senior of Hofstra, according to the Nassau County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.
SPCA Detective Gary Rogers says it's unclear which man is the dog's owner, but reiterated they were investigating the incident. Rogers explained to NBC:
"That dog had no choice. It didn't say, 'Hey I want a beer and I want it poured down my throat,' so it's wrong. We're going to gather all the evidence, and once we have all the evidence, we'll sit down with the District Attorney's Office and see how we're going to proceed from there.
"No matter what, it’s rather disturbing that someone would make this decision to do this to an animal.
"Alcohol can be poisonous to an animal. We hear about frat hazing all the time. We shouldn’t have frat hazing to animals."
Ordering the owner to take the dog to a vet for blood tests and other examinations, Rogers said the dog was in good health and is well cared for, but a spokesperson from Alpha Epsilon Pi said that the fraternity had been placed on "cease and desist".
Fraternity spokesperson Jon Pierce explained:
"We hope that we are able to use this as a teaching moment to help build better young men who are committed to our policies and our mission of developing future leaders of the world's Jewish communities."
Meanwhile, a spokeswoman described the behaviour on the video as "unacceptable" in a statement to NBC:
"The University has been in communication with Alpha Epsilon Pi International headquarters, as well as with chapter members regarding this off-campus incident. In accordance with University policy, the chapter has been placed on interim suspension pending an investigation."
Hofstra officials are not saying whether the owner of the dog or any other students will be disciplined.